Small and midsize SUVs push Ford sales up 5 percent last month for best April in 9 years

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Ford says its U.S. sales rose 5 percent last month for its best April in nine years.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker sold more than 222,000 cars and trucks last month, led by small and midsize SUVs.

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The revamped Ford Edge midsize SUV posted its best April sales ever at just over 13,000. That was a 78 percent increase over a year ago.

Ford Escape small SUV sales were up nearly 5 percent to almost 26,000.

Sales of the F-Series pickup, Ford's top-selling vehicle, fell 1 percent as the company continued to ramp up production of a new model with an aluminum body.

Industry analysts expect total U.S. sales to rise about 6 percent over April of last year when automakers report their numbers on Friday.